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BWW Preview: Ben Rimalower brings BAD WITH MONEY and PATTI ISSUES to KTCHN in NYC on 2/29

Jacob Langfelder and Jill Bernard will present Ben Rimalower in his Off-Broadway solo plays, PATTI ISSUES (about his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone and his relationship with his troubled gay father) and BAD WITH MONEY (about how an addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life) in a double repertory bill on February 29th before heading off to make his London debut at the St. James Theatre on March 11th and 12th. Patti Issues has garnered praise from numerous high profile attendees such as Alan Cumming, Tony Kushner and Ms. LuPone herself. ("The show¹s fantastic," she said. "It¹s really wonderful. I was moved.") The New York Times cited "a well-honed script with an engagingly spontaneous delivery and a nose for sharp, observational comedy" and The New Yorker hailed, "endearing, drolly written and performed with heaps of charisma." In Bad with Money, Rimalower charts his journey through drug addiction, prostitution, fraud and multiple betrayals‹a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict, which casts light on the last societal taboo. Time Out New York rated Bad with Money four stars, "light, funny" and "vividly personal," while The Advocate decreed "courageously honest, keenly specific and emotionally naked." Both works are written and performed by Ben Rimalower and directed by Aaron Mark.

Performances be on Monday February 29th at 7:30pm for Patti Issues and Monday February 29th at 9pm for Bad with Money.

KTCHN is located in Hell's Kitchen at 42West, 508 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. For tickets and more information, visit: www.BenPattiMoney.eventbrite.com.

Ben's London engagement is scheduled for the following week at the St. James theatre in London. For more information, visit: https://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/studio/patti-issues-bad-with-money-double-bill/.

BEN RIMALOWER is the author and star of Off-Off-Broadway¹s long-running, critically acclaimed smash hit solo plays Bad with Money (The Advocate¹s #1 Solo Show of 2014) and Patti Issues (M.A.C. and Bistro Awards, Official Selection: Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Eugene O¹Neill Theater Center Summer Conference), both of which he continues to perform around the world, while simultaneous regional productions pop up with other actors "playing" Ben Rimalower. His "Do You Have Patti Issues?" PSA with Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone was a homepage selection on FunnyOrDie. He has a weekly column in Playbill, has been published by Vulture, Time Out New York, NewNowNex and the Huffington Post and his short story, Little Old Sam, was included in the book My Dog, My Friend.

Ben directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: "Top Ten Theatre") and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre), as well as numerous off Off-Broadway plays, readings, benefits and concerts. He has earned the title the "Midas of Cabaret" (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows, most notably conceiving and directing Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently producing Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records¹ long- awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches. As a performer, Ben has been featured on Bravo TV¹s ³Watch What Happens Live,² ABC¹s "Extreme Makeover," "Our Hit Parade," Murray Hill¹s Oscar Night show, Billy Eichner and Rachel Dratch¹s "Halloween Adventure" and as both Patti LuPone and Elaine Stritch in "You Like Me." Follow @benrimalower on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and visit benrimalower.com.

AARON MARK is a New York-based director and playwright. As writer-director: Empanada Loca with Daphne Rubin-Vega (Labyrinth Theater Company), Another Medea with Tom Hewitt (AFO at Cherry Lane and Wild Project), and the upcoming Squeamish with Alison Fraser. Directing credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep and Deathtrap (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Ben Rimalower's award-winning Patti Issues and Bad With Money (Duplex and tours),Hedwig... (BC/EFA at New World Stages), and numerous readings and cabaret acts. He is the writer-director of four independent feature films and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, but he does not have aaronmark.com because it belongs to a German gay porn star with the same name, so his website is aaronmark.info.

About 42West

42West is a 14,000 square foot multi media, multipurpose events and performance space adjacent to THE OUT NYC and KTCHN Restaurant located at 508-514 W. 42nd Street. The venue comes equipped with a state of the art sound and lighting system that can be used for private and corporate events, live musical performances, screenings, gallery exhibits, off-Broadway theatrical productions, dance, and cabaret. 42West offers clients a seamless booking and execution of events involving any combination of hotel rooms, event spaces, and catering. For more information visit: www.42WestNY.com.

Image Credit: Courtesy of the Performance


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